With the release of Android 12 in 2021, followed by the release of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, we’re already wondering what the next version of Android will bring.
Since its launch in 2008, Android has always come with a major feature with every title. But with Android 13, codenamed Tiramisu, it might be a perfect time for Google to fix what’s already in millions of Android smartphones around the world.
We’ve rounded up five features through our Pixel, OnePlus, and other Android phones that we want to see in Android 13 later this year, no matter how big or small.
But first, we’ll walk you through when we expect it to land and which Android phones will be supported.
Android 13 Release Date Rumors
A new Android version usually appears to developers in February. This gives developers an idea of what that should look like in the fall of that year, giving them an idea of what they can implement for future versions of their apps.
A version for consumers is usually announced at Google I/O in June, followed by a public beta release, then a shipping release around October, when we expect Android 13 to arrive this year.
Android 13 Supported Phones
Android has a reputation for not making it easy to update your phone to the latest version. Part of this is due to the various manufacturers how they have designed Android to match a brand like Samsung.
But when Google releases a new Pixel phone every year, they usually come with the latest Android version. It won’t be a surprise to see the Pixel 7 or Pixel Fold with Android 13 to launch again in October.
Other manufacturers usually follow after a few months of testing and put their own spin on new Android releases, but that usually doesn’t happen until the first half of next year.
what do we want to see
Android 13 is still a while away, so we’ve compiled a list of the improvements we’d like to see from the next generation of software.
1. UI Fix
While the Material U shows a facelift for Android, it’s not without its flaws. Some buttons are confusing users when the feature is enabled. For example, if you go to ‘Internet’ in the notification center, you will need to press this icon again to turn on Mobile data, Wi-Fi and hotspot. It sounds complicated, and there is no option to make these three options a separate toggle.
With that said, Android 12 lacks contrast in colors – everything looks pale in comparison to the vibrancy of iOS. But according to Android Police, it looks like Google is already aware of this, as new vibrant colors for Android 13 have been leaked.
According to a new leak from @AndroidPolice, Google is rolling out some customization options for Android’s wallpaper-based theme system called “monet”. It comes as new styles called TONAL_SPOT, VIBRANT, EXPRESSIVE, and SPRITZ. https://t.co/IRjuWjRaSx pic.twitter.com/3pso679kUw13 January 2022
Adding some saturated color to the user interface can help with the overall look of Android. However, the Material Design you’re currently seeing is essentially version 1.0 of a new look for the operating system. iOS is still seeing refinements to its flat design from 2013, so we’re going to see visual improvements to Android in the years to come.
2. Scrolling Screenshots for Everyone, Not for Some Apps
This feature was introduced in Android 12 for some apps where you could take a screenshot of a web page, but Android would stitch the content into an image.
However, although this is a useful feature, it requires developers to include a ‘view-based UI’ in the app, otherwise scrolling down screenshots is not an option for users.
Instead, Android 13 should make it available to all apps regardless of the current requirement. Users need not check that some features in Android are also available for some apps, and scrolling screenshots is one of them.
3. Issue Backtap Gestures
It first appeared in the beta version of Android 11 in 2020, before it was deprecated when the final release appeared for the Pixel 4 series and other smartphones.
There’s already a variant available on Apple’s iOS 15, where you can customize the back-tap gesture on your iPhone, which can launch the Camera app or shortcut, for example.
This is very useful when you’re browsing another app, and you want to quickly switch to the Camera app without having to go back to the home screen and find its icon.
For Android, Backtap could be an easy win for users, especially considering the software is better optimized than iOS. Imagine an Android 13 backtap where you can launch certain apps or media with a certain amount of taps, or change the end result, depending on the app you’re currently using.
4. Get Off iOS
According to Android Police, it’s already coming to Android 13, mirroring a feature where you can transfer what you’re listening to on your iPhone, for example, to the HomePod speaker.
Temporarily called ‘TTT’ or Tap to Transfer, you can send the media you are watching or listening to, to a device that may be in your home or workplace.
With the barrage of smart speakers as well as televisions running Android, it can do a good job of sending a whole lot of media from your smartphone in an easy way.
5. Please fix the ‘Open by default’ feature
Prior to Android 12, you could open a file and a message box would appear asking you if you wanted to open it only once in an app, or since then.
It was a simple message box but it served a purpose. But with Android 12, an ‘Open with Default’ appears instead, freeing you from the option of using the app once.
This change has been frustrating for users, as it requires you to go deep into the Settings app to forget to open the file type in a certain app. For Android 13, let’s look at it back the way it was. That’s all we ask.
- our ranking Google Pixel phones in 2022